“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Real Fear!
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”
Luke 12:4-5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is on knowing the fear of the Lord! There are times that an unhealthy fear dominates our life and we need to hear the repeated message that God gives throughout the Bible of “do not be afraid!” The other side of the pendulum is when we don’t have the fear of God that we ought to have. While the Bible contains many calls to not be afraid, it also contains a consistent message of our need to have a “reverent fear” or “holy fear” of God. As a Christian, this is not an “afraid” fear but rather an expression of utmost respect and honor. As you pray this week, ask God to help you see healthy fear from His perspective. Pray that your fear of God would lead you to be the best representative of Jesus that He would have you to be. Pray for a growing unity among believers as we each pursue greater obedience to God and love for one another. Please continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times. Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.
Bonus Prayer Focus: Back-to-school. Pray for the staff, teachers, and students as schools resume in an atmosphere that is quite different than they are accustomed to. Pray for God’s protection and grace to be upon the children, parents, and teachers as they learn together.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you live life with an appropriate and healthy fear of the Lord.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Fear of God that Leads Us to Do Right. Pray that you would reject favoritism and prejudice as you understand God’s acceptance of all who fear Him and make the choice to do what is right. Pray that your fear of the Lord would direct the way you treat others. “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.’” Acts 10:34-35 (NIV)
Tuesday: Fear that Causes the Lord’s Name to be Honored. Pray that God’s victory over evil would create a fear that causes His name to be held in highest honor. Pray that the cleansing God has done in your life would lead others to honor Jesus. “When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.” Acts 19:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Fear that Leads to Persuading Others. Pray that your personal knowledge of a fear of the Lord would compel you to make every attempt to persuade others to see their need for Christ. Pray that you would see yourself and others as clearly as God sees each person. “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.” 2 Corinthians 5:11 (NIV)
Thursday: Fear as a Holy Expression of Faith. Pray that you would have a complete obedience to God as you express your faith in holy fear. Pray that your fear of the Lord would lead you to holy action. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7 (NIV)
Friday: Fear as Proper Respect of God. Pray that your life would show a proper respect to all of those around you. Pray that your respect of others would come from a respect that has a proper fear of God. “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV)
Saturday: Fear that Leads to Praise. Pray that constant praise would flow from your lips and your life as your fear of God reveals to you His great love. Pray that your life of praise on earth would prepare you for the eternity of praise that awaits God’s children around His throne. “Then a voice came from the throne, saying: ‘Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!’” Revelation 19:5 (NIV)